The Golden Age of Grotesque [Bonus DVD]

The Golden Age of Grotesque [Bonus DVD]

by Marilyn Manson
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The Golden Age of Grotesque [Bonus DVD]

Nothing's shocking -- to borrow a phrase from Perry Farrell -- in the world of Marilyn Manson anymore. After a decade or so of exploring kinky sex, blasphemy, and pro-drug proselytizing, Manson's pretty much said all there is to say, as he readily admits in the surprisingly self-aware "This Is the New Shit." Still, Manson and company manage to doll up, in appropriately fetishistic manner, those messages in some intriguing new ways. "mOBSCENE" charges along with surprisingly funky twists powering a niftily twisted drill team cheer, while "(S)aint" takes a more human, if admittedly still emotion-free, view of sexual coupling. Tim Skold, stepping in for departed bassist Twiggy Ramirez, hews more closely to industrial tradition, bringing the noise slow and sludgy on "Vodevil" and "Para-Noir" and ramping up the electronic gadgetry on "Doll Dagga Buzz Buzz Ziggety Zag," which sounds, interestingly enough, pretty much exactly like the title would indicate. As is his wont, Manson tries a little too hard to mold certain songs into anthems -- the Clockwork Orange–derived "Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth" never quite gains enough momentum to be threatening. But on the flip side, when he gets misty-eyed and glammy, as on "The Bright Young Things," the ambience takes on a Spiders from Mars headiness. Although Manson likes to court the dank and the decayed, Golden Age shows no sign of rust, and there are fewer cracks in the façade than one might expect.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2003
Label: Nothing
UPC: 0602498000373
catalogNumber: 000037010

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marilyn Manson   Primary Artist,Piano,Saxophone,Vocals,Mellotron,Synthesizer Bass
Tim Skold   Bass,Guitar,Accordion,Keyboards,Loops,Synthesizer Bass,electronics
Madonna Wayne Gacy   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Loops,electronics
Ginger Fish   Drums,Leader
John 5   Guitar,Piano,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Marilyn Manson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation,Audio Manipulation
Ben Grosse   Producer,Engineer
Tim Skold   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,beats
Madonna Wayne Gacy   Composer,Melody Arrangement
Ross Garfield   Drum Technician
John 5   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements

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The Golden Age of Grotesque 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although Twiggy Ramirez quit, Marilyn Manson still brings the best of the best music money can buy for us. Although "The Golden Age of Grotesque" is a little different than his recent albums, it still topped the music chart. And that's all I have been listening to all week.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to buy TGAOG. Again Manson will surprise us with his new image and different sounds. What pisses me off is that it looks like Dita inspire (brainwash) Manson to make this album and dress different. I'll hope Marilyn Manson doesn't dissapoint us with this new album..
Guest More than 1 year ago
The spooky kid is at it again with the latest album. Marilyn in his tradition has this album full of sinister topics. I think the music in this album is more involved than previous ones; he seems to let the music and his lyrics take turns. This album still has that deep driving bass with some dark sounds while its not all hits the whole thing is worth listening to for some pleasant ear candy. Overall the album is classic Manson although not as violent as ‘Antichrist Superstar’ its more exciting than ‘Mechanical Animals.’
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best "heavy" album of the last couple of years. It blows away the latest from contemporaries like: Disturbed, Godsmack, Anthrax and the Foo Fighters. This is better than anything Manson has done in the best, even AntiChrist Superstar. Great songs, cool lyrics, and awesome sound.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first manson cd and plan on getting future ones. Incase you don't know he has a greatest hits cd coming out soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read my lips. This one is gonna be the feel-good album of 2003! I was able to download a few tracks from Kazaa, and this thing is slammin'! Marilyn has really crafted his art into something that holds true to itself, but also is really bouncy and is gonna be great for parties! A few of my favorites that I have heard so far include "My buttcheeks just keep sweating (since I fell in love with you)", "Cake & Ice Cream just ain't Goth enough for this cowboy" and "Snakeskin boots and a red dress" (featuring Michelle Branch). I really like the new look that Marilyn has, too. Amputating his arms was a big step, but it really adds to his "I'm not daddy's little girl anymore" image. My friend Mitch and I love driving around town in my dad's vette to this cd, gawking at all the chicks and inhaling glade. Once in a while we'll pick a fight with some homeless people, just for laughs. Get ready, MTV! The music industry has been deprived for too long, and Marilyn Manson is here in the nick of time for some new, fresh, and exciting music for the summer of 03!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well all i can say is im glad i got this album coz its great, love nearly all the tracks on the album although Baboon rape party??? lol wot a name for a song. His cover vision of tainted love is one of the best cover versions ive ever heard..probably better than the original!!! I love this is the new S**T!! its such a great song with a good beat. I think this album has a lot of rnb hip hop beats which im pleased he managed to mix in so well with rock. My other favourite tracks are USE YOUR MOUTH AND NOT YOUR FIST...such a great song and slutgarden, but of course the whole album is brilliant. WELL DONE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Marilyn Manson, no doubt about that. I have loved them for going on nine years now. I love all of their albums and even adore their Spooky Kids days. It has been nice to see Manson evolve over time and especially nice considering he(they) is doing something creative and intelligent which many other artists fail to capture. My problem with this album isn't it's concept. I love to concept just fine and I respect where he is coming from on it. However, I think my problem starts with Tim Skold's involvement in it's production. It still has a slight Manson-esque sound but has too much KMFDM all over it. Marilyn Manson have always been rather industrial but not quite like this. I appreciate the change but it just never seemed quite right. The songs also sound too similar to me but there are some that I enjoy, such as Spade, Bright Young Things, and Mobscene. Perhaps his next release slated for spring this year titled, "Eat Me, Drink Me" will bring us back to that original Manson flavor and perhaps this time it will use less foreign spices.
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